Review: 2016 Mercer Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

So your first question must be: What or where is Horse Heaven Hills? Check the fine print (or Google) and you’ll learn that it’s in southeastern Washington, part of the state’s huge Columbia Valley. Mercer Family Vineyards makes a huge selection of wines across five different quality tiers. These two from the HHH AVA fall roughly…

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Review: Playa Real Tequila – Silver, Mandarin, and Pineapple

Austin-based importer Davis Spirits brings Playa Real into our fair nation. Made at the busy Distillery La Cofradia, where Lowlands agave is the norm, Playa Real is distinctive for two reasons. First, it is triple distilled instead of the usual double distilled — a process that results in a cleaner, more neutral finished product but…

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Review: 2018 Tio Pepe Fino En Rama

“Tio Pepe En Rama” is a special version of Tio Pepe’s Fino bottling, released once in a year (this is the 9th time), bottled unclarified and unfiltered. For 2018, En Rama is drawn from 62 casks, pulled from its “dense veil of flor” to showcase fino sherry at its finoest sherriest. If fino sherry is…

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All About Dusties: 1970s vs. 2018 Bourbon Tasted Side by Side

Were things really better “back in the old days?” Whether you’re talking about music, politics, movies, or your ability to sleep with your doors unlocked, nostalgia is invariably a force to be reckoned with. Everyone loves to pine for days gone by, but few do it with the enthusiasm of the whiskey fanatic. It’s natural…

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Cigar Review: Jose L. Piedra Cazadores

The good folks at Montefortuna Cigars have been gracious enough to supply us with a sampling of Cuban cigars to pair some of our favorite drinks in preparation for the forthcoming autumnal season. Think we should keep reviewing cigars? Let us know in the comments! Jose L. Piedra Cazadores – Piedra has an unfair reputation…

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Review: Bibo Barmaid Cocktail System

Let’s say you want to make a quick-and-dirty margarita. You might take a bottle of margarita mix out of the fridge, dump some into a glass with ice, pour in tequila, stir, and drink. Wow, that sounds like a lot of work, you might say. What if I could instead make that drink with a…

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Drinkhacker 2018 Wine Cheat Sheet / Vintage Chart

Flummoxed as to whether 2014 or 2015 is the better buy for your Bordeaux bucks? Was 1969 a good year in the Rhone? You can Google it, or you can just put the Drinkhacker Wine Cheat Sheet in your wallet or purse, to make it easy to figure out what wine is worth your while. Just…

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Review: Gran Patron Smoky

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em? The popularity of mezcal is seemingly beginning to have an impact on the tequila old guard, and Patron has now responded in the most unexpected way imaginable: Not by launching a new brand or acquiring a mezcal producer, but by making a new version of Patron that closely…

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